Saturday, 28 March 2015
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says draftees Liam Duggan, Tom Lamb and Jackson Nelson could all make their AFL debuts in the first month of the season.
"We haven't made a decision (about round one), but they'll play senior football at some stage," Simpson said.
"Whether it's round one, that's not the be all and end all. But the fact is that both of those kids (Lamb and Nelson) have played every game of the pre-season.
"Liam Duggan performed well at East Perth on the weekend. So we can see at least three potential first-gamers in the next month or so, safe to say."
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Eagles captain Shannon Hurn expects Sharrod Wellingham to perform in 2015 after two underwhelming seasons at the club.
"He's matured more as a player and he understands what he has to do off the field but also on the field to become a better player," Hurn said.
"So I think he's been able to do that. And now it's just about putting the results on the footy field."
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Eagles captain Shannon Hurn says troubled former players Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr are an important part of his club's history, but that it is time to move on.
"While they're part of our history, at the moment we're here trying to play footy and trying to win games," Hurn said.
"That's our main focus. But we certainly wish them all the best and hopefully they can get back to living a normal life."
Former West Coast coach, and current Carlton coach, Mick Malthouse says Ben Cousins should no longer be considered a hero to footy fans.
"Ben is not a hero anymore," Malthouse told radio FIVEaa radio.
"Make no mistake, he was a hero when he started playing.
"I am mortified that I was there (coaching in the AFL) in 2008, '09, '10, to think that he was on those drugs I am mortified.
"That's total naivety or he certainly hid it from me."
Friday, 13 March 2015
Scott Selwood makes a surprise playing return on Friday night, lining up for East Perth in a WAFL pre-season match against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Ben Cousins has been arrested after an alleged police pursuit in Perth.
A 36-year-old man, believed to be Cousins, has been charged with reckless driving, failing to stop and failing to comply with a breath analysis request.
WA police attempted to pull over an erratic driver on Preston Point Road in the Perth suburb of Bicton around 10.30pm on Wednesday night.
After failing to stop, the driver was arrested on the corner of Gill and Solomon Streets in Mosman Park.
WA police confirmed the driver would appear in Fremantle Magistrates Court on April 8.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Eric Mackenzie will have a traditional knee reconstruction next week as he begins the long road to recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
West Coast's reigning best-and-fairest ruptured the ACL in his right knee during the Eagles' 31-point win over Carlton in the NAB Challenge.
Mackenzie said he initially thought he had copped a knock to the knee, when in reality his knee had buckled without contact.
It wasn't until the physio started to test his knee that he feared the worst.
"Immediately I just thought it was a knock on the knee, a bit of soreness that would go away pretty quickly," Mackenzie said.
"I managed to get up, and I started jogging off towards the end of it so I thought I'd be right to come back on.
"It's only when the physio started doing the tests I know what the ACL test is they weren't happy with the results so they took me down to the rooms.
"I've just done this pre-season for nothing it's going to be a long year ahead."
Monday, 2 March 2015
Callum Sinclair is set to miss at least a month of football after fracturing his thumb during the Eagles' 31-point win over Carlton in their NAB Challenge clash in Mandurah.
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Coast has been dealt a serious blow ahead of the home and away season after scans confirmed defender Eric Mackenzie will need a knee reconstruction.
The 26-year-old tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in the Eagles' NAB Challenge win over Carlton on Friday night, after falling to the ground in an innocuous marking contest.
Friday, 27 February 2015
Adam Simpson says he learnt one major lesson about senior coaching from his first season at West Coast, and that is that you have to be yourself.
"You do sometimes fall into the trap in your early days of asking yourself, 'what would he do' and 'what would that coach do' and 'how would I go about that'," he said.
"But what I've learnt mostly is you've got to back yourself in."
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Nic Naitanui has been held out of Friday night's NAB Challenge due to back soreness, but the West Coast hierarchy believe the injury is only minor.
"We're hopeful it's a minor setback and he'll be fine for the next game. It's precaution more than anything," Eagles assistant coach Don Pyke said.
"He was a little bit disappointed when he found out he wasn't going to be playing because he's done a lot of work this pre-season and is in really good shape."
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Levi Greenwood says a big reason for moving from the Kangaroos to Collingwood was his search for greater security in his place within the team.
"I always thought when I was playing under (North Melbourne coach) Brad (Scott) there were always going to be a couple of [poor] games and I might have been in a bit of trouble in the team," Greenwood said.
"That was half the reason as to why I left because I thought there was more opportunity at the Collingwood Football Club. Whereas at North they went pretty deep and they had a few stocks there and I was always the one sitting on the edge."
Thursday, 19 February 2015
As the only Eagle to represent the Indigenous All Stars in their clash against West Coast, Josh Hill says he doesn't expect his Eagles teammates to go easy on him.
"I don't think they'll be holding back against me," Hill said.
"I saw the boys this morning. I copped a bit of slack, a bit of lip from the boys. I'm looking forward to it."
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Beau Waters confirms his retirement after a series of injuries, with the latest being a bump at training that further damaged the shoulder that has troubled him for the past 18 months.
"Monday last week, I just went to grab a ball and got hit in a certain direction that jeopardised the integrity of the shoulder," Waters said.
"From them on, it got progressively worse to the point where I was struggling to get through skills sessions.
"After being so bullish during the pre-season, I was probably a little bit deluded by the fact I hadn't received any contact over that period."
The veteran defender said he came to the conclusion without any emotion.
"I think the emotions were just clear cut that it's time to move on and move away from the industry," Waters said.
"I woke up knowing I wasn't going to be able to contribute to the team. I always prided myself on having pretty good self-awareness.
"And as soon as I knew that my impact on field was going to be limited, and my value to the team is also limited - it was quite a matter of fact to be honest."
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Jack Darling has not trained at all this pre-season and is likely to miss West Coast's season opener against the Western Bulldogs.
"He hasn't really kicked a ball since round 23 last year. He's having a massively interrupted pre-season," Simpson said.
"I don't know how long it takes him once he's up and running to get his feel and his touch and game sense. That's an unknown.
"I think we're lucky in the sense that his skinfolds are 35. He's an elite athlete. But he just hasn't had a run at it."
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Mitch Brown says he is thankful the Eagles persuaded him to stay in Perth after he requested a trade to St Kilda in 2012.
"I'm really grateful that I was able to stay, that they convinced me to stay, and now that we've got (West Coast coach) Adam Simpson," Brown said.
"Since 'Simmo' has come on board I've really enjoyed my football.
"The last couple of years I've developed some consistency in my game and now I just want to get better individually."
Scott Lycett says the competition for a spot in the Eagles' starting 22 has driven him to his best pre-season to date.
"I think I've missed three drills all pre-season. Hopefully that can make me a better player going into the 2015 season," Lycett said.
"It's been a healthy competition. I think if I didn't have competition I wouldn't be a better player.
"I'm going to give my best to keep [Callum Sinclair] out of the side and hold that spot."
Monday, 9 February 2015
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Scott Selwood's decision to put his contract negotiations on hold is not a distraction for the team.
"He's an honest man and we believe the instructions he's given the club and we'll back him in to make the right decision. He's our vice captain and I'm not too concerned," Simpson said.
"My communication mainly with Scott is about getting him back to play. The rest of that stuff, his contract and those sorts of things, will take care of itself."
Beau Waters' long-awaited return to AFL football has been delayed further after West Coast coach Adam Simpson revealed the veteran was continuing to be plagued by shoulder issues.
"He's still continuing to work through his issues with his shoulder," Simpson said.
"He's by no means clear sailing. At the moment we're still working through his body and what he can put out and as we increase training levels of intensity it's what he can manage."
West Coast midfield coach Brady Rawlings says Sharrod Wellingham is set to show what he's capable of in 2015.
"This pre-season we've been able to train him a bit more as a midfielder since the Christmas break and he's coming along well," Rawlings said.
"We all know his talent. He's quite fit at the moment. He's strong, he's clean inside the contest and uses the ball really well.
"He's got a good attitude, and we're all looking forward to him playing games and showing us what he can do."
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Scott Selwood has deferred contract talks with West Coast so he can focus on overcoming the ankle injury that derailed his 2014 season.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Nic Naitanui has put his hand up to face the AFL Indigenous All Stars and the West Coast star wants to play as much of the NAB Challenge as possible.
"Our aim is to get through as much game time in as possible," Naitanui said.
"But I guess to a certain extent I have to be smart about it. The real reason we play is for round one and then on. However many games I need is what I look forward to."
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Corey Adamson knew the transition from professional baseball to professional football would be a challenge, but he didn't think an AFL pre-season would be as hard as it has been.
Adamson was an under-15 All Australian footballer and has loved the game since the age of five but six years of professional baseball in the United States left him unprepared for an AFL pre-season after being drafted as a rookie by West Coast.
"I'm loving the experience," Adamson said.
"But it's a whole lot of hard work. I got told it was going to be hard work, but I didn't think it was going to be like this. Just the amount of running we do every day is just completely different to anything I've ever done before really."
Eagles father-son prospect Jordan Matera has quit Brighton Grammar and will play next season solely with TAC Cup side Sandringham Dragons, in a bid to give himself the best shot at being drafted.
The son of Eagles great and 1992 Norm Smith medallist Peter was set to complete his year 12 studies this year.
Instead Matera has enrolled in an elite athlete course where he will study sports and business management and work out under the guidance of Vic Metro trainer Damien Villarosa.
The course means Matera will no longer have to split his time between school footy and the TAC Cup, which he hopes will help him play more consistent football for the Dragons.
"It means I won't be going back and forth with both clubs. I'll just be training with one club three times a week," Matera said.
"I think that might be a bit easier for me. Then if I don't make AFL I'll hopefully get into uni and start my career there."
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
After a season in 2014 that was below his expectations, Nic Naitanui says he's determined to silence his critics in 2015.
"I can't wait. We've done a fair bit of running this summer and I've never looked forward to round one more than this year," Naitanui said.
"Obviously last year (I was) a bit hampered and (wasn't) able to perform as well as I wanted to. This year I've got a bit of a point to prove."
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Jack Darling has been cleared to ramp up his rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his foot.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Daniel Kerr appears in Perth Magistrates Court where he pled not guilty to two counts of endangering the life, health or safety of a person after an alleged incident at a Glendalough home in November of 2014.
Callum Sinclair and Elliot Yeo made successful returns to training on Monday following significant hand injuries.
Both players participated fully in the lengthy match simulation session at Patersons Stadium.
Sunday, 11 January 2015
After suffering a stress fracture in his foot in round 23 last year, Jack Darling's injury continues to plague his pre-season. He spent six weeks in a moon boot before Christmas and was only walking laps at training.
"He'll get a scan in the next couple of weeks to get the all clear to go to the next level," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"We're just being really cautious. We want the bone to heal in the foot as best we can and you can only go by the scans."
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
West Coast vice-captain Josh Kennedy put his own leadership ambitions to one side when he voted for teammate Shannon Hurn to take the top job.
"It was great to see 'Bunga' get it," Kennedy said.
"I voted for him. He's a terrific player and a terrific leader. His knowledge of the game is above a lot of us. The way he communicates with all the boys is fantastic. He's going to be a fantastic leader."
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Callum Sinclair will have surgery on his finger after suffering a compound fracture at training.
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Shannon Hurn is named West Coast captain for 2015, becoming the 10th skipper in the club's history.
"It's just a great honour," Hurn said.
"I think we have a great bunch of players at the club, so I think it will be fantastic to lead them."
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Kane Lucas says he hasn't spoken to Carlton coach Mick Malthouse since he was delisted and he is hoping to "have a good crack" against the Blues for his new club West Coast in 2015.
"I was a bit the same as Brock McLean, I didn't really get a phone call from the coach Mick," Lucas said.
"But the CEO rang me while I was in Bali on a family holiday, so that was a bit of a dampener.
"But footy is a pretty tough business. I just got a call from Andrew McKay, and just said 'Thanks for the five years service and everything you've done'.
"I think we've got them (in round one of the NAB Challenge) and then round two of the AFL season. So best-case scenario, hopefully I'm lining up against them and having a good crack against them. It will be interesting but we'll see what happens."
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
After being delisted by Carlton, Kane Lucas has been handed a lifeline after being picked up by West Coast at the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"The addition of Kane complements the group of players we secured through the National Draft," general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
We drafted five 18-year-olds in the National Draft and we felt we needed to add a mature player to our squad as well.
"Kane is a 23-year-old who has played 42 games at the level and he also has good pace. Given a second opportunity in his home town, we believe he can flourish in that environment."
West Coast select Corey Adamson with pick No.28 at the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"We know Corey, we know his ability and while he hasn't played football for six years we believe he can re-acclimatise and make the adjustment," general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
"While he has not been in the football system, he has been entrenched in a professional environment and has shown his commitment to play at a high level, which, coupled with his achievements as a junior footballer, made the decision easy for us."
West Coast select Paddy Brophy with pick No.45 at the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"I first met with Paddy in London in 2013 when he played for the European Legion against the AFL Academy, he showed some raw talent in that game and looked to have some great attributes to work with," general manager of football Craig Vozzo said.
"I was impressed with his enthusiasm for the contest and the way he maintained his work rate, despite having played a game of Gaelic football for his county just two days before."
Monday, 1 December 2014
West Coast recruit Damien Cavka says being picked at No.66 will serve as an incentive to prove himself at AFL level.
"It's a motivating factor going that late to try and prove others wrong, and really repay the faith the Eagles have shown in giving me the opportunity," Cavka said.
"I will be trying to work as hard as I can to prove myself and become a part of the team."
Cavka says he will be watching senior Eagles plays such as Matthew Priddis and Scott Selwood in his first pre-season.
"I'm watching what they do, and trying to replicate what they do to a tee," he said.
"They are a couple of people that aren't too bad to look up to and follow in their footsteps, which is what I am trying to do."
Crows draftee Mitch McGovern hopes to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Jeremy McGovern, who made his debut in 2014 for West Coast this year, playing 13 games.
"Just seeing the path that Jeremy has taken, it's helped me a lot," McGovern said.
"I know what to expect now and it just makes the AFL environment a lot more comfortable.
"Jeremy has always just said to be myself; don't try to change who you are and always just try your best in everything."
Thursday, 27 November 2014
West Coast select Liam Duggan with pick No.11 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"He's a player we've liked from afar for a long time," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
"We think he's a terrifically skilled player, he's got a wonderful character, is a good leader and can play in a few roles.
He may start more as a wingman type player and then move through the midfield. We're really thrilled to get him."
West Coast select Tom Lamb with pick No.32 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"He's a guy that's been through the academy, has wonderful athletic attributes, works really hard and is a terrific trainer and we think he has a massive upside," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
"He's a very versatile player, can play at either end of the ground and should be able to play around the wing and in the midfield so we're really pleased to get Tom as well."
West Coast select Jackson Nelson with pick No.51 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"He has a bit of versatility, half-back to midfield, is a really good user of the footy, reads the game well, kicks well both sides of his body and defends well so we thought it was a nice bonus for Jackson to be there," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
West Coast select Damien Cavka with pick No.66 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"We've got a really elite runner here," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
"He's probably suited to a few different roles because of the amount of ground that he covers.
"He runs around a 16-beep [test]. He had a great finals series where he kicked goals and got a lot of the footy.
"Unfortunately he's had a few little niggles here and there but he's already at an elite level with his running so he won't have to improve much in that area."
West Coast select Alec Waterman with pick No.76 in thee 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"Alec has been a bit of a bonus," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said.
"We thought during the year that the price we would have to pay for Alec may be a little bit more than what it was, albeit understanding it's hard for clubs to commit in the middle rounds of the draft so to get him where we did was terrific.
"We think he's played well on a wing, he's been very good through the midfield and being a young club, to get father-sons is terrific for the tradition and future."
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Daniel Kerr has had his bail conditions altered so he can attend two weddings, while he waits for a court to deal with his violence charges.
The former midfielder appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday dressed in a suit - in contrast to his dishevelled appearance last time he was in court - with his mother, Roxanne, by his side.
The magistrate agreed to waive Kerr's curfew so he could attend both events and allow him to stay at a different address than that stated in his bail conditions for the wedding in Dunsborough.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Matt Priddis says he will be a one-club player after signing a new deal with West Coast.
"[The contract] means I'm going to be a one-club player with the club that gave me an opportunity that I was so grateful for," Priddis said.
"I was pretty desperate to get on an AFL list, and this takes me to 11 years at the footy club, which is something I'm very proud of."
Luke Shuey extends his contract with the Eagles until the end of 2018.
"I think we've had our opportunities over the last three or four years and we've probably under-delivered, so I think we owe the footy club some success," Shuey said.
"We've got the right squad for it, and as players, I think we all need to go to another level for that to happen."
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
West Coast adds Elliot Yeo to its lengthy medical list after the utility suffered a setback with his broken hand at training last week.
Yeo underwent a fresh bout of surgery on Wednesday on the hand he broke during the Eagles' round 13 clash against Gold Coast.
After being delisted by Carlton, Kane Lucas has had a medical examination at West Coast and looks set to resurrect his AFL career in his home state via the upcoming NAB AFL Draft.
Monday, 17 November 2014
Tom Nicholls says he hopes to model his game after West Coast's Dean Cox after watching hours of game footage.
"He showed me how much he runs and how much reward he gets for that running," Nicholls said about Cox.
"When you play you know when you're jogging and saving your tickets, but with him there's not too many opportunities where you get that with him.
"He's always on the move, running hard and never flat-footed, never walking. That's something I'll be looking to implement this year."
West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits he's nervous about star ruckman Nic Naitanui playing in Saturday night's Virgin Australia International Rules Test against Ireland.
The club was happy for Naitanui to play in the one-off Test at Patersons Stadium but the Eagles coach admits he's crossing his fingers his star ruckman gets through the game unscathed.
"We have embraced the game, but having said that he is a West Coast Eagles player and we wouldn't put him at risk if we didn't have to," Simpson said.
"He has come back (to training) early, he's done the work. He's trained the last two weeks and he is in a good position.
"But if he is sore or if he is showing signs that he can't contribute, then he won't play. So we won't take any risks. But at the moment he's feeling really good."
Daniel Kerr has been released from Perth's maximum security Hakea prison after his parents reportedly posted the $5000 bail on Sunday night.
The 31-year-old spent five days behind bars.
He has been charged with two counts of endangering the life, health or safety of a person last week following an alleged dispute in the Perth suburb of Glendalough last Tuesday at 11pm AWST.
A Perth Magistrate granted Kerr bail on Wednesday under a number of conditions, including a 12-hour a day (7pm to 7am) curfew.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Daniel Kerr spent Wednesday night in Perth's maximum security Hakea prison after being charged with two counts of endangering life, health or safety of a person.
Kerr remained in custody on Thursday morning after failing to secure a signature for $5000 surety.
It's understood authorities do not require an actual payment of funds, just a guarantee the money will be paid if Kerr fails to meet his bail conditions.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Former Eagle Daniel Kerr has been released on bail after being charged over an incident in Perth.
Kerr was charged with two counts of endangering life, health or safety of a person after an alleged dispute in the Perth suburb of Glendalough.
"The West Coast Eagles are disappointed and saddened at news of Daniel Kerr's recent arrest," a statement from the Eagles said.
"We will continue to support Daniel, who was an outstanding player for this club, to get the help he needs to recover from this situation and to get his life back on track.
"As this matter is now in the hands of police, the club has no further comment to make."
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says troubled rookie Murray Newman will start with a clean slate this pre-season.
"I've seen nothing but good things with Murray from my first day here last year when I was asked the same question on how he trained and prepared. That hasn't changed at all since I've been here," Simpson said.
"He's trained every day since the boys left (in September). Every time I've been at the club, he's been there training."
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Taylor Hunt will train with St Kilda next week in a bid to revive his AFL career.
The Saints have joined Richmond and West Coast among the clubs most likely to hand him a second chance.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett says Collingwood is entitled to ask for compensation from Gold Coast for the loss of its football director Rodney Eade.
"I think Eddie has got every right to ask for compensation," Nisbett said.
"It's not a new concept. It happens in the NFL. In fact they trade draft picks for coaches.
"It's something that's got to be on the agenda and I think Eddie is floating it because it's a concept that needs to be explored and the reason Eddie would float it is that he then has to go and find someone.
"He has to spend a lot of money using a search company who will go and find someone who can replace someone of the calibre of Rodney Eade and Rodney Eade's don't come around every week. Someone with his standing within the football fraternity is really difficult to replace."
Thursday, 23 October 2014
West Coast has delisted young defenders Adam Carter and Blayne Wilson ahead of the 2014 NAB AFL draft.
"Both Blayne and Adam are fine young men and have been valued members of our squad over the past few years," Essendon football manager Craig Vozzo said.
"We thank them for their efforts and wish them every success in the future."
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Former West Coast captain and four-time All Australian defender Darren Glass has joined Adelaide's coaching panel on a part-time basis.
He'll spend the bulk of his time in Adelaide during the pre-season but will remain based in Perth, albeit on-call, during the winter months.
The premiership player, who skippered the Eagles in 129 games, played under Adelaide's new senior coach Phil Walsh while he was an assistant at the Eagles from 2009-20013.
"I have admired the Crows from afar for many years and there is no doubt they have a talented playing list," Glass said.
"It is also a successful organisation and I can't wait to get across to Adelaide and meet everyone.
"I'm excited about stepping into a new football environment with such a strong focus on team work."
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Dean Cox has signed with West Coast as the club's ruck coach for 2015.
"I'm really excited at moving into the next chapter of my life," Cox said.
"I'm looking forward to learning from the great coaches we have at football club and working closely with Nic, Cal and Scotty."
Friday, 3 October 2014
Eric Mackenzie wins his first John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's best and fairest for the 2014 season.
Mackenzie topped the count with 201 votes, 11 votes clear of Brownlow medallist Matthew Priddis.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Dean Cox suspects at least 10 Eagles players experimented with drugs during the club's infamous fall from grace last decade.
"That's why it took so long to get all the players back on board," Cox said at the launch of his autobiography 'Iron Eagle'.
"The majority of the players were down one way, and there were a few down another path.
"We were there for team success, and you can't do it while doing a number of things the player group were going through.
"Throughout '06 and '07 there became a real issue where things were privately done.
"Everyone was so stuck to themselves. And then from there it really came to a head where things were really affecting the football club."
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
West Coast delist utility Ashley Smith and defender Jacob Brennan.
"Jacob and Ashley have been valuable members of our squad for the last few years," Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"It is not pleasant releasing people of this calibre, but it is something that has to occur.
"I would like to thank Jacob and Ashley for their contributions to the club and wish them every success for the future."
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Dean Cox has completely dismissed the possibility of being lured out of retirement and has stated his intention to coach in 2015.
"I won't be playing next year, any form of football," Cox said.
"The body will have a good rest and I'll just be coaching I'll dive straight into that now.
"If it's at West Coast, great. If not, I might have to move."
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Newly crowned Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis has revealed the worry of feeling like an unworthy winner of the game's highest individual honour left him on edge in the days leading up to his surprise win.
"I had a few conversations with my wife throughout the week and, she would probably attest to it, my moods had been pretty bad at home because I was bit nervy going to the night," Priddis said.
"It was just the thought of being a bit embarrassed about the whole thing."
Monday, 22 September 2014
The AFL and the Reach Foundation have announced West Coast defender Beau Waters as the winner of the 2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.
"Beau's long-standing and ongoing work with a number of community and charitable organisations stood out to the selection panel," AFL chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan said.
"Through his role as an ambassador for the Cancer Council WA over the past decade, Beau has been the catalyst for the West Coast Eagles raising almost $1 million dollars for cancer research."
Matt Priddis has won the 2014 Brownlow Medal, capping a fairytale story of persistence for the former mature-age rookie who was overlooked in four drafts.
Priddis, who missed selection in the 2014 All Australian team, polled 26 votes and had the medal secured after 22 rounds, polling two votes in the final round to overtake ineligible Fremantle star Nat Fyfe.
Fyfe, who was suspended twice through the season, polled 25 votes and led the vote tally between rounds 20 and 22.
He polled votes in 13 games to edge out Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak and Adelaide star Patrick Dangerfield, who entered the final round as medal chances on 21 votes each, but failed to poll.
"This doesn't sit too well with me, I'm a pretty shy kind of guy," Priddis said.
"I don't see myself with the likes of some of the Brownlow medallists of the past, so it's a little bit daunting, but something I'm obviously very proud of.
"My family have been absolutely super
I would not be standing here without their love and support. They've been absolutely amazing."
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Beau Waters is on track to return to senior football in 2015 after enduring a horror run with injury.
The 2012 All Australian hasn't played since round 15, 2013 after complications following a reconstruction to his right shoulder last year.
"He's finishing the back end of his recovery plan for the shoulder," Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"I suspect he'll be back into full competitive training by late this year or early next year. But fitness, aerobic wise and strength wise he's tracking really well."
Thursday, 4 September 2014
West Coast has confirmed a contract extensions for first-year coach Adam Simpson.
After initially signing a two-year deal with the option of a third when he was appointed in September last year, Simpson has added the one-year extension that will see him through until the end of 2016.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
After eviving his career with West Coast this season, small defender Jamie Bennell has agreed to terms that will tie him to the club for the next two seasons.
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Nic Naitanui describes his 2014 season as "pretty tough" but is excited about the prospect of his first uninterrupted pre-season in two years.
"For myself, as long as you're meeting your goals internally you don't really worry about the outside influence," Naitanui said.
"I guess consistency is a little thing that was touched on a bit and just getting my body right.
"I'm really looking forward to this pre-season coming up."
Thursday, 28 August 2014
West Coast utility Patrick McGinnity and developing ruckman Fraser McInnes have both re-signed with the Eagles for 2015.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
West Coast appears set to retain the services of troubled youngster Murray Newman next season although it is unlikely he will participate in the remainder of the club's 2014 campaign.
Monday, 25 August 2014
Murray Newman is granted parole on his one-year prison sentence for fracturing the jaw of a man who had sex with his girlfriend.
The Prisoners Review Board noted that Newman had seen a psychologist before he was locked up and intended to continue treatment after his release.
The board said that showed a willingness to address his problems. The board also noted that Newman had participated in voluntary programs while in custody, had a limited criminal history, and had employment and accommodation.
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Eagles coach Adam Simpson is wary of rival clubs poaching retiring ruckman Dean Cox as a ruck coach next season.
"I've got no doubt there's clubs that are talking to him about probably playing as well as coaching," Simpson said.
"That's a decision he's got to work through but we're hoping he stays in the family.
"We'd love to (keep him). We'll work through that in the next few weeks about a role. Hopefully it's full-time and with us."
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Xavier Ellis is set to continue his career with West Coast in 2015 after activating a trigger clause in his contract.
The Eagles say he would have been offered a new contract regardless, given the positive impact the 26-year-old has made on the club in his first season since crossing from Hawthorn as a free agent.
"It feels like he has played [at the club] for his entire career," Eagles football operations general manager Craig Vozzo said.
"Irrespective of the trigger he would have been offered a contract. We are delighted with having him at our club and look forward to what he will bring moving forward."
Monday, 18 August 2014
Andrew Gaff signs a new deal with West Coast.
"It's an exciting time at the footy club and I want to be a part of what we can see on the horizon," Gaff told the Eagles website.
"We have had a lot of senior players retire in the last two seasons, so the onus is on the young guys to take the club back into finals where we can have an impact."
Jack Darling signs what is believed to be a lucrative two-year deal with the Eagles.
"I am really confident we can build on what we have achieved this year," Darling said.
"There is no doubt that as a team we have improved and we are a young playing group that is looking to have a big impact on the competition."
Scott Lycett resists the lure of a return to South Australia by signing a four-year contract extension with the Eagles.
"I have really enjoyed the opportunity to learn some of the finer points of ruck work from Nic (Naitanui) and Coxy," Lycett said.
"I have said that for a long time, that it has been a unique situation to learn from two of the game's best and I feel privileged to be in that position."
Sunday, 17 August 2014
After being subbed out of the Swans' win over the Saints due to hamstring tightness, Josh Kennedy has been cleared of any serious hamstring injury and is unlikely to miss more than one AFL game.
"His hamstring is tight, he's got a little bit of fluid on the outside of his hamstring but there's no tear in there, so that's a really good sign," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"It would be fair to say we're not going to put him at risk this week. If he's not any good at the back end of the week, he won't play.
"If he doesn't play this week, it will only be one week."
Friday, 15 August 2014
Shannon Hurn is emerging as a leading candidate to take over the West Coast captaincy permanently given the way his teammates and coach speak of his leadership.
The 26-year-old defender reaches a significant milestone on Saturday when he plays his 150th match, against Essendon at Etihad Stadium.
"I don't want him getting ahead of himself with his footy smarts but he's very confident in his own ability," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He understands the game and reads the play well. I've spoken a couple of times about how I want the players to identify situations game-day and how we can change things and (how) they can change (things) themselves.
"And he's leading that. Our backs in general have been pretty good in the last month at identifying different cues and reading different situations. So he's at the front of that at the moment."
Thursday, 14 August 2014
In his eleventh year as an AFL player, West Coast defender Sam Butler says he's not going anywhere.
Butler has battled a raft of injuries over the journey, restricted to just 117 games but having found consistency in the past couple of years, he believes he's got more to offer.
"The club's been so fantastic to me and they could have got rid of me many times throughout my career I'm sure," Butler said.
"But they stuck by me and I'm still hanging around and still really enjoying it. I love West Coast, I love the club."
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Brant Colledge has re-signed with West Coast for a further two years.
"It's good to get something like that (re-signing) out of the way, so that I can concentrate on my footy, especially coming into WAFL finals," Colledge said.
The Eagles have high hopes for Colledge despite the 19-year-old's injury issues over his first two seasons at West Coast. He played two matches earlier this season after some impressive form in the NAB Challenge.
"Obviously the start of the year was good for me and I got my opportunity to play my first game against St Kilda, which was amazing. I had a few injuries through the middle of the year, but back into it now and hopefully I can get back into the AFL team, and East Perth finals are coming up as well."
Mark Hutchings has re-signed with West Coast for a further two years.
"I am very happy to be part of the club I supported all of my life for another two years," Hutchings said.
"The last couple of years, being part of the club, have been the best time of my life.
"The (run-with) role has been challenging, but it's something I have enjoyed, learning a bit more each time I play against some of the best players in the competition. It's good to test yourself against the best players."
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Xavier Ellis could miss multiple weeks with a shoulder injury following a heavy fall in a marking contest in the first-quarter of Sunday's win over Collingwood.
Ellis was running back with the flight of the ball when he attempted to spoil a marking contest deep in the Magpies' forward line.
His right shoulder hit the ground and he had to be helped from the field, grimacing in pain before being subbed out of the game.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Port Adelaide skipper Travis Boak is one of four players named as finalists for the 2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.
Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson, Geelong midfielder Mathew Stokes and West Coast defender Beau Waters were also selected as finalists after being nominated for the award by their respective clubs.
Boak's work with the Childhood Cancer Association to raise awareness and funds earned him his nomination, while Simpson, an ambassador for Down Syndrome Victoria, has helped raise more than $30,000 for the organisation.
As the first Aboriginal player to be in Geelong's leadership group, Stokes was selected for his tireless work with the local and national indigenous community to promote a number of Aboriginal health initiatives.
Waters has been involved in a number of organisations over the past decade, including Cancer Council WA, where he is an ambassador, and has been the catalyst for the Eagles raising almost $1million for cancer research.
Monday, 4 August 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is keen to give Dean Cox a fitting farewell despite the veteran ruckman still recovering from concussion with only a few weeks remaining in the season.
"I think he's earned the right to play another few games for the rest of the year. I have no problems with bringing him into play," Simpson said.
"He's obviously a sensational player and he's taken the hit for the team really in retiring. It's something that he's acknowledged and I think we need to do it in the right way."
Monday, 28 July 2014
Sharrod Wellingham's forgettable season is all but over after West Coast confirmed the midfielder could miss four to six weeks with a knee injury.
Wellingham tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee while playing for East Perth in the WAFL on Saturday. He was helped from the ground during the third term of the Royals 21-point win over West Perth and did not return.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Dean Cox says he received a phone call from Richmond's Ty Vickery and although he appreciates the personal apology, he says they're not the best of mates.
"He personally apologised for the incident and wanted to make sure that my family were aware of that as well," Cox said.
"It was good of him to actually ring and pass on his apology. I've been involved in footy for a long period of time and realise that things can happen that people don't want to or don't expect to happen.
"It was good to get the call from him. I wouldn't say we're best of mates though."
Ty Vickery has apologised to West Coast ruckman Dean Cox following the ugly incident that left the star Eagle concussed.
"In the heat of the game I overstepped the mark with my physicality and aggression," Vickery said.
"I'm very remorseful for that and I unreservedly apologise to Dean and his family.
"I've attempted to make contact but haven't got through to him yet but I will to offer him an apology personally."
Friday, 25 July 2014
Dean Cox has suffered no structural damage after being knocked out when struck on the jaw by Richmond's Ty Vickery during Friday night's game at Paterson's Stadium.
Cox was felled in a ruck contest in the second quarter and was subbed out of the game with concussion.
"[It's] just disappointing to be losing a ruckman during the second quarter and lose him for the rest of the game," West Coast assistant coach Brady Rawlings said.
"Obviously it is not ideal when you have got someone sitting on the bench due to an incident like that."
Richmond football manager Dan Richardson told ABC Grandstand that Vickery was "obviously a bit remorseful for the fact that Dean had gone down the way he had, and I don't think any player goes out to see an opponent hurt like that."
He said the club would support Vickery despite widespread condemnation of his actions, including at the ground from irate West Coast fans.
"You get around your teammates in that situation. Whether or not you have done the right thing or the wrong thing you stick by your teammates and we'll do that as a footy club," Richardson said.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick defends Ty Vickery after the key forward is reported for striking Dean Cox in an incident which left the Eagles ruckman concussed, thereby taking no further part in the match.
"To me, he's a hard, tough player," Hardwick said of Vickery.
"That's what we want at the Tigers. At the end of the day, sometimes you step outside the boundaries, the rules are there. We know the rules. He's a hard, tough Richmond player and that's the way we like him."
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Nic Naitanui says he'd love to meet racist people so he can help them change their ways.
Naitanui believes education is the key to helping eradicate racism in society, and says he doesn't hold any grudges towards people who have abused him in the past.
"I have no hate against anyone. I just don't have it in me," Naitanui said.
"Guys like that - they don't really bother me. I guess it's just their lack of education or ignorance.
"I'd love to meet people like that and introduce them to our cultural backgrounds and what we're all about, because at the end of the day we're all the same."
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he has not written off Sharrod Wellingham despite the 26-year old having been dropped from the side on three separate occasions due to poor form.
"We think there is some tremendous upside from Sharrod and we're not writing him off by any stretch," Simpson said.
"It's been, hopefully, good learning here for Sharrod. He's really excited about what he can do and what he's learning off the field and on game day as well."
Callum Sinclair and Brad Sheppard commit to two year extensions which will keep them at the Eagles until the end of 2016.
"We have great faith in both Cal and Brad and what they offer our list," Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo said.
"Apart from what everyone sees in their on-field performances, they are also quality young men and are an important part of our plans.
"Both have already shown in the games they have played that they have the attributes we need to push up the ladder and we look forward to them playing their roles within the team."
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Dean Cox will retire at the end of the season, saying the grind of AFL football had finally taken its toll.
"I've built a career where I thought I could have real impact in games, where I was at a level consistently doing that," Cox said.
"It got to a stage this year where I thought it probably wavered away from that.
"If I was to continue next year, I was probably doing an injustice to myself on what I've established throughout my career."
Friday, 18 July 2014
Beau Waters' future remains in doubt, as he has not played at all in 2014 after being placed on the long-term injury list following ongoing shoulder problems that began when he had reconstructive surgery in 2013.
The courageous defender and former vice-captain is contracted in 2015, but Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett is more concerned about his long-term health.
"We'll have to wait on what the surgeon says when he revisits the surgeon," Nisbett said.
"They'll have a very, very long discussion, I would think, to see whether it's going to inhibit him not just from a football point of view but later in life. That's the important thing for us, to look after his welfare."
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says the club will not be trading Scott Lycett despite strong interest from Port Adelaide.
"We'll be keeping Scott Lycett," Nisbett said.
"We're very firm. Scott won't be going anywhere. He's a big part of our plans."
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says the club will be aggressive in keeping out of contract youngster Andrew Gaff at the club.
"No chance," Nisbett said about the possibility of trading Gaff.
"We want 'Gaffy' to play with West Coast. Hopefully he'll play his career here. He's a terrific player."
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says the club will let Dean Cox make a call on his future beyond 2014.
"It's really in Dean's court," Nisbett said.
"It'll be Dean's call. We think at the moment that's the best place to leave it. He's been assessing his performances like all players do, and he'll make his mind up very soon.
"When he does, we'll make the necessary decisions after that."
West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett has given first-year coach Adam Simpson a "big tick" despite the Eagles' indifferent season.
"When you come in as a rookie coach it's very difficult to immediately gain respect and he's done that," Nisbett said.
"He's got a very sound game plan and strategy, which he's implementing with a whole group of new coaches and new players, and the players are adapting to that.
"It's still taking time because they won't get everything right in the first 12 months.
"We've been really pleased with Adam, really pleased with what they've implemented, and so far it's a big tick."
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Nic Naitanui admits he has been underwhelming this year and hopes to have a solid pre-season next year to improve significantly in 2015.
"It hasn't been the best season for me," Naitanui said.
"For me, it's about trying to find that balance and trying to find that consistency, so I'm just looking to finish off pretty strongly over the next couple of weeks."
Friday, 11 July 2014
Xavier Ellis says he could have walked away from AFL football if he had been forced to stay in Melbourne this season.
"I was a country boy from outside Lakes Entrance, in Melbourne I went to boarding school and played eight years at Hawthorn, so I was really keen to get out of Melbourne," Ellis said.
"If it was (a choice to) play footy and stay in Melbourne or not play at all, I'd probably have had to have a think about it because I was desperately keen to get out of Melbourne and start fresh."
Xavier Ellis admits he feels a touch embarrassed to be playing his 100th AFL game this week.
The Hawthorn premiership player reaches the milestone in his ninth year on an AFL list. He played 86 matches with Hawthorn after being recruited with pick no. 3 in the 2005 NAB AFL draft. Saturday night's clash with the Brisbane Lions will be his 14th with West Coast after moving to Perth as a free agent at the end of last year.
Ellis made his AFL debut at the Gabba against the Lions in the opening round of 2007. His slight embarrassment stems from the fact that a number of his contemporaries from the 2005 and 2006 NAB AFL drafts have played a lot more senior football.
"Early on I was thinking as though I was little bit embarrassed to only be playing my 100th after the time I've been in the AFL," Ellis said.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is astounded at the media's fascination with Nic Naitanui's form.
"I do get surprised when it's 'He's the best player in the competition' to 'Should he be dropped?," Simpson said.
"I don't see that in other players. When someone plays poorly or has a couple of poor weeks and they've been an established senior player, an All Australian, I don't see the criticism come so quick and then it goes away again.
"But that's the surprising thing for me. The levels of expectation and love, it's just up and down all the time."
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Luke Shuey believes he's copped more attention from taggers in 2014 than in any other in his AFL career.
"I think I have come up against more attention from opposition this year than any other year, but that is just part of football and is part of my development," Shuey said.
"I have faced a lot more challenges this year than any other year, but I would like to think I can finish the last six or seven games off strongly."
Monday, 7 July 2014
Matt Rosa has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral tendon.
Rosa was injured laying a tackle during the third term of the Eagles' 28-point loss to the Sydney Swans at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.
He immediately came from the ground and did not return. Scans on Monday revealed a tear in the right tendon and he will require surgery later this week.
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Matt Rosa in danger of missing the rest of the year with a pectoral injury.
Rosa was injured laying a tackle during the third term of the Eagles' 28-point loss to the Sydney Swans at Patersons Stadium.
"He is in a bit of strife," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"We think he has hurt his pectoral muscle. So it will be multiple weeks. We will find out tomorrow. It's early stages but it is not good."
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Matt Rosa has signed a new two-year deal with West Coast.
Rosa, who would have become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, will remain at the Eagles until at least the end of 2016.
The 27-year-old opted to remain in Perth despite strong interest from clubs in his home state of Victoria.
"I was here in 2005 and 2006 when the club played in grand finals and won a premiership, and I have been around for some other exciting finals campaigns," Rosa said.
"I am confident we can build towards that with this group and I want to be a part of it."
Monday, 30 June 2014
Mitch Brown will be sidelined for four to six weeks with bone bruising in his knee but does not require surgery.
"It could be as little as four weeks. For what we saw, it was heart in mouth type stuff when it happened," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"To get that good news, everyone has just lifted a gear today."
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Jeremy McGovern signs a two-year contract extension with the Eagles.
"I got off to a bit of a rocky start when I turned up out of shape for pre-season training, but 'Simmo' had an honest chat with me and he has helped me turn things around," McGovern said.
"He has been very supportive and I really appreciate the chances he has given me. I'm also grateful to the club for sticking by me through the tough times."
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Mitch Brown's season could be in jeopardy after being stretchered from the ground in the third term of the Eagles' seven-point loss to Fremantle in what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Friday, 27 June 2014
Shannon Hurn will get his opportunity to skipper his side against Fremantle this week as part of West Coast's ongoing search to find a long-term replacement for Darren Glass.
"He's actually probably our smartest - in terms of football smarts - player at the club," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"He knows the game. He loves the game. He's not one of those players who switches off in terms of going home and not watching a game.
"He's up to speed with what's going on in football. He's vocal and demanding, all the things you look for in a leader."
Thursday, 26 June 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Scott Lycett is still an important member of the team despite being rested for this week's clash against Fremantle.
"We've got big plans for him and we want him as part of our club and he understands and hopefully I've explained it well enough," Simpson said.
"No one wants to sit aside. But he has played every week and his body needs to be managed just as much as the others.
"He's 21, so hopefully it's just a part of his apprenticeship."
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Port Adelaide is among a number of clubs circling out-of-contract West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett.
Monday, 23 June 2014
West Coast youngsters Tom Barrass and Rowen Powell have both been sidelined for the rest of the season due to injury.
Barrass has endured a frustrating first season in the AFL system. He was placed on the long-term injury list in January following surgery to repair a tear in his hip joint.
He returned to play eight WAFL reserves matches with East Perth but failed to break into the league side. A persistent groin injury has caused him increasing pain and the Eagles have decided to rest him for the remainder of the year in order to prepare for 2015.
Powell has played seven WAFL reserves matches but requires shoulder surgery that will rule him out for the rest of year.
Matt Rosa will become a West Coast life member this week when he plays his 150th game and says he has no interest in leaving the club despite being an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.
"I would definitely like to be a one-club player so hopefully it works out that way," Rosa said.
"There is still a little bit of work to do, but that would be great to say at the end of your career that you're a one-club player."
Friday, 20 June 2014
Sharrod Wellingham will become West Coast's primary tagger in the absence of Scott Selwood who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with injury.
"He needs to be consistent with his performance, no doubt," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He's been around a while. He's a premiership player and he's probably looking around our club and realising he's one of the older ones now.
"He performed well on the weekend, probably his best game for the club, but we're expecting that consistency most weeks."
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Dean Cox ended a streak of 104 consecutive matches last Saturday when he was rested for the first time since 2009. Cox said it was mutual decision reached with coach Adam Simpson.
"It's just a chance to have a break and get the body right," Cox said.
"It's about when I play, can I play with the best freshness and the best possible football I want to play.
"If that means I have to have a week, if that means I have to have two, if that means I have to have a rest later on in the year, well so be it."
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Scott Selwood's season is all but over after West Coast opted to send the 24-year-old midfielder in for ankle surgery.
The Eagles' vice-captain went under the knife Tuesday and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks. There is a slim chance he could be available if West Coast makes the finals.
Monday, 16 June 2014
West Coast is weighing up whether or not to send vice-captain Scott Selwood for surgery to fix his troublesome ankle.
Selwood was withdrawn from Saturday's win over Gold Coast with an ankle issue after initially being named.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson revealed after the match that Selwood had been carrying the injury since round three and that is was far more severe than first thought.
"He's going to need a clean-up at some stage," Simpson said.
"We're just trying to figure out when the best time is. We are quite depleted in some areas in our midfield so we're just still assessing that."
Mark LeCras admits he is still unclear on the rules surrounding the bump.
"Not really to be honest," LeCras said.
"It's a funny one when you look at some of the incidents that have happened in the past but it's not something I worry about. You take your punishment and move on."
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Nic Naitanui celebrates his 100th game in style, with 22 disposals (16 contested), 34 hit-outs, six clearances and six tackles in a 3-point win over Gold Coast.
"You can see when he's free of all those niggles in the body just what he can do," teammate Andrew Gaff said.
"In the first half, he set it on fire. It was a big reason why we were so far in front."
Scott Selwood could spend an extended period on the sidelines after Eagles coach Adam Simpson revealed his ankle injury is worse than first thought.
Selwood is in a bit of trouble," Simpson said.
"I think his foot is worse than what we hoped it would be. He'll miss multiple weeks.
"It's ankle related. There's something there that he's been carrying and probably his brave attitude towards it has probably hurt it a little bit because he's been carrying it since round three."
Friday, 13 June 2014
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says there will be plenty of challenges for Dean Cox if he plays on in 2015.
"As you get older you have to manage your body better and I think if we want Coxy to play on we have to manage his body better," Nisbett said.
"He has to manage himself too because he is the one who knows his body and at his age I don't think playing 104 games straight is the strategy that we need to adopt from this point on and I know Dean realises that.
"He can't continue to do the workload because he is one of those guys who trains everyday too. He trains, he plays, and he continues.
"If we want him to play next year we have to be smarter about how we manage him."
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Darren Glass announces his retirement from AFL football effective immediately.
The West Coast captain revealed that his body has failed him after 15 seasons and 270 games.
"I've played my last game, so it's all over," Glass announced in front of family, friends, teammates, Eagles' staff and a large media contingent.
"With hindsight I've probably played a year too long. At the end of last season I was really confident I could play this year, but it hasn't panned out that way.
"I have been struggling to string a couple of games together this season and feel like it's time I step aside and let someone else come in.
"I'm not confident of playing any decent and good consistent footy in the back half of the year and feel like it's time to step aside."
Monday, 9 June 2014
Nic Naitanui will play in his 100th game against Gold Coast at Patersons Stadium this week.
"My first 100 games I've enjoyed and there's always going to be those ups and downs," Naitanui said.
"I'm still growing and aging, just getting the feel of my body and how it works and what it can handle.
"I feel I'm at that stage now where I'm pretty aware of what's going on and what I can handle week to week.
"I'm quite happy to say my best footy is ahead of me."
Thursday, 5 June 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson revealed he has endured sleepless nights this week worrying about how he can turn around his side's dismal form ahead of the Eagles' clash with reigning premiers Hawthorn on Saturday.
The Eagles have lost six of their last seven matches including a 38-point loss to North Melbourne last Sunday that has been described as "unacceptable" by the playing group.
"I didn't sleep too well the last few days trying to work out how to get the guys to recognise what happened and then to front up this week," Simpson said.
"You can't go too deep to the point where it's irreversible. You've got to get them back on track."
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Scans reveal a depressed fracture of Josh Kennedy's cheekbone that will require surgery.
Kennedy copped a heavy knock to his face in a marking contest late in the 38-point loss to North Melbourne on Sunday night.
It was believed he had just received a black eye and would be right to play this week, however scans have confirmed that he has suffered a depressed fracture of the cheekbone and will need surgery.
The Eagles are hopeful the key forward will miss only a week.
Sunday, 1 June 2014
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott overrules his medical team by insisting Lindsay Thomas be taken from the ground during Sunday's win over West Coast.
The skilful forward appeared to have strained his right hamstring during the third quarter of the match at Patersons Stadium, but came back on to the ground after receiving treatment.
He came from the ground a few minutes later seemingly at Scott's request and signalled to the medical staff that his night was over before being subbed out of the game.
"He just cramped in his hamstring, so I was a little [hesitant]
we have got, we think the best medical, physio team in the country, but when they put him back on, I was a bit disappointed because he's an important player to us," Scott said.
"We didn't want to risk him. But they're so confident in their ability that they thought he was fine.
"I never overrule a medical decision if it's to say he can't come back on, but I can overrule [a decision] to put him back on, so I did. But we think he will be all right next week."
Friday, 30 May 2014
Current West Coast coach and former North Melbourne captain Adam Simpson says he will put old allegiances aside when the Eagles take on the Kangaroos this week.
"I'm sure there's some emotion down there somewhere but, at the moment, I can't draw on that one," Simpson said.
"I've always got an eye on the Kangas and how they're travelling.
"There's definitely people and staff that I still maintain contact with - just not this week."
Thursday, 29 May 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Nic Naitanui's biggest challenge is getting easy possessions.
"Naitanui's great at hunting the ball," Simpson told Perth radio station 6PR.
"The challenge for me as a coach is to try to educate him on how to get some of those easy touches around the ground."
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Brant Colledge has been cleared of serious facial damage after a sickening last-minute collision in the Foxtel Cup match with Norwood.
While the Royals advanced to the semi-finals with a dominant win, the focus fell on the clash between Colledge and his Eagles teammate Scott Lycett.
In the final minute of the contest, Colledge was running back with the flight of the ball as he ran deep inside the East Perth forward 50. Lycett was running the other way and launched at the ball, colliding with Colledge at full tilt.
Colledge was assisted from the ground and taken to hospital but was released after an examination.
Monday, 26 May 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson is hopeful Beau Waters will play on next season but says the defender will need to re-evaluate his troublesome right shoulder at the end of the year.
"Of course he's going to be banged up when he finishes his career (but) there's still no permanent damage risk," Simpson told Perth radio station 6PR.
"We'll sit down at the end of the year and see where it's at in terms of how it's healed.
"At this stage, hopefully he's up for it and will go around again."
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Elliot Yeo has his teeth were broken in a collision with Collingwood ruckman Jarrod Witts in the Eagles' eight-point loss to the Magpies at the MCG.
Yeo dropped a simple mark inside West Coast's forward 50m on the stroke of half-time and copped a double-blow from Witts' a split-second later.
Trainers searched for Yeo's teeth during the half-time break, but luckily the roots remained in his mouth and can be capped.
Yeo soldiered on after half-time and earned Eagles coach Adam Simpson's respect.
"It was a big knock
he should have taken the mark. He kept on going, I don't know if he was in a hell of a lot of pain or not, but he didn't seem to take a backward step after it," Simpson said.
Friday, 23 May 2014
Victorian Andrew Gaff says he is keen to start talks with Eagles regarding a contract extension with the club.
"I'm definitely keen to get it underway and my manager's working closely with guys at the club who are looking after that," Gaff said.
"All is going well and I love the club."
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Nic Naitanui signs a five-year contract extension with West Coast, tying him to the Eagles until at least the end of 2019.
"The West Coast Eagles is my home. The club has been good to me from the time I got here and I love it here. It's like family," Naitanui said.
"I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the playing group and I reckon we are getting close to real success. I want to be around that because I feel like we are building."
Monday, 19 May 2014
Nic Naitanui wants to be an Eagle for life but insists he hasn't been greedy during negotiations for a new deal.
"Our club is really fair; they look after their players. So I am just happy to leave it in their hands and whatever they choose is right I guess," Naitanui said.
"I don't want to go anywhere else. (The Eagles) have looked after me my whole career and it's somewhere I want to stay for the rest of my career."
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Mark LeCras has copped a one-week suspension for a head-high bump against Giant Will Hoskin-Elliott.
"He didn't need to do that. I spoke to him about it," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"I've got no doubt he'd process it differently if his arm (that he broke recently) was 100 per cent. But having said that, it's still no excuse."
Monday, 12 May 2014
A move to the backlines has resulted in Brad Sheppard playing some of the best footy in his career.
"I think in the last year but especially over the pre-season, Brad's understood what football is about. He has probably matured as a person in general," Eagles teammate Shannon Hurn said about Sheppard.
"It's really pleasing that he's put the performances on the board. Now the challenge going forward is to consistently keep doing it and keep improving."
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Josh Kennedy kicks 11 as Eagles smash Giants with 30-goal deluge
Friday, 9 May 2014
Josh Kennedy is willing to take a pay cut for star West Coast teammate Nic Naitanui to stay at the club.
"He's a superstar. His form might not be showing that at the moment, but the way he can turn the game on and light it up is better than anyone," Kennedy said.
"If I had a million bucks, I'd pay him to get him in my team. I'd love him to stay here and I'd take a pay cut for him."
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Outgoing Carlton president Stephen Kernahan laments giving up Josh Kennedy in the trade that landed the Blues Chris Judd.
"I would never knock back what Chris Judd's given our football club," Kernahan said.
"That (deal) went to about the last 30 seconds of the trade period.
"We had picks one, three and 20. We had three and 20 on the table, Richmond had two and 12 on the table.
"Judd was either going to stay [at West Coast] he didn't want to go to Richmond so we had to make a call and the only bloke they were interested in the whole time was Kennedy.
"We offered to put up the whole team, just about. And Josh Kennedy, you can't let centre-half-forwards go."
Monday, 28 April 2014
Josh Kennedy has lost his stuttering goalkicking style but it's not working.
"It (the stutter) was just starting to put a bit of risk on my balance on the footy," Kennedy said.
"It probably evolved into something that was good at the time, but at this current stage I don't feel it's best for me."
Monday, 21 April 2014
Scans have cleared West Coast defender Xavier Ellis of a serious calf injury.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Xavier Ellis suffers a low-grade calf injury in the first term of the Eagles' clash with Port Adelaide at Patersons Stadium.
Ellis was substituted out of the match before quarter-time and had ice applied immediately to his right calf.
"It's disappointing to lose someone in the first quarter and someone with the skill and composure of Ellis," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"He would have been handy throughout the night."
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Scans have cleared Nic Naitanui of any damage to his Achilles tendon after he copping a knock to the back of his lower leg during the Eagles' loss to Geelong.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson urged fans to be patient while the 2012 All Australian builds up his form and fitness.
"Everyone is different," Simpson said.
"The type of player he is - such a power athlete - to have confidence in your body is the first step and he's still getting that.
"We'll back him in. We'll see how he goes tomorrow and we expect there'll be an improvement."
Luke Shuey will return to the West Coast side after serving a one-match suspension for striking St Kilda's Tom Curren in round three.
"I got told it was just a bit selfish," Shuey said.
"I know that, so it's not on and we'll move on as quick as we can."
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Nic Naitanui must be carefully managed after not having managed a full pre-season for a few years now.
"He's coming off a limited pre-season and unfortunately it's not just one pre-season, it's two or three so we're trying our best to manage his time and of course we'd like an improvement on what he can do," Simpson said.
"But at the moment it's a bit of a battle."
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Nic Naitanui tallies just six disposals and six hit-outs in two-and-a-half quarters of football before being removed from the ground against Geelong due to soreness.
"We just subbed him off halfway through the third," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He was a little tight but we didn't see any reason to keep him out there."
Friday, 11 April 2014
As West Coast's playing ruck coach in 2014, Dean Cox says he wants to transition into a full-time coaching role once his career is over.
"I've really started to enjoy the role of trying to educate and teach players, and let them have the opportunity to have some of the great football memories that I've had," Cox said.
"To work with the ruck guys and even a lot of younger players when they first come to the club - to try to fast-track and get their development as quickly as possible so they can have an impact - is really rewarding.
"The ruck stuff is certainly happening at the minute. But when I do finish I will stay straight in the AFL system and hopefully sink my teeth right into it."
Monday, 7 April 2014
Mark LeCras will be sidelined for four weeks after having surgery to repair his fractured right forearm.
"He's really disappointed," teammate Dean Cox said.
"Hopefully he can get back now and run and touch the footy as much as he can and still have a big impact for this club because his pre-season was really good."
Dean Cox will break the West Coast games record this week against Geelong and he says reaching 300 games is not out of the question.
Cox will play his 277th match at Simonds Stadium on Saturday night to go past Glen Jakovich's club record of 276.
"It's a lot of games," Cox said.
"I suppose getting to Jako's record wasn't a massive goal but I'm proud of what I've done in my footy career, to be able to represent this great club so many times.
"So 300, if it happens it happens, who knows? But it's not a focus point of mine."
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Mark LeCras is expected to spend time on the sidelines after injuring his right forearm in West Coast's 25-point win over St Kilda.
"It could be the same issue he had in the past with his arm," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"We don't know yet. It doesn't look great. He'll miss weeks."
After crossing over to the Eagles from St Kilda in 2013, Jamie Cripps says teammate Dean Cox is one of the best players of the modern era.
"He's an awesome player," Cripps said.
"He's nearly got the best skills at the club kicking both left and right foot really well. Coming in from outside I didn't know he was this good but he's one of the best footballers I've seen."
Friday, 4 April 2014
Beau Waters' season is over due to another shoulder operation.
Monday, 31 March 2014
Shannon Hurn will be sidelined for at least a month due to a medial strain in his right knee.
Dean Cox will break an AFL record against St Kilda on Saturday by going past Stephen Milne for the most games played by a rookie-listed player, with 276.
Eagles teammate Callum Sinclair labels Cox a 'freak'.
"I'm in shock sometimes," Sinclair said.
"He's one of those guys who's good at everything. He's very professional around the club and takes his footy very seriously. He takes pride in his body.
"He's a freak. I think we're going to have to cart him out of the joint. I don't think he'll be going any time soon. He's playing terrific footy."
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Shannon Hurn will be sidelined for at least a fortnight after suffering a knee injury in the Eagles' big win over Melbourne.